We’ve all heard the myths. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a “face freezer” and only for those who are “obsessed with plastic surgery”. The truth is, however, BOTOX® Cosmetic is the most popular aesthetic treatment in the world today, with over 4 million treatments done last year because of its ability to make a person look refreshed, revitalized, and younger. The new, but similar, product called Dysport is also gaining popularity and is providing people the choice to decide if they like one product over the other.
There are of course horror stories, as with every medical and cosmetic procedure. What YOU need to know is that the product itself is not the bad guy, but instead the experience level of the person doing the treatment. In experienced, professional hands, the results of this non-invasive therapy are predictably wonderful.
BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used safely and successfully in medicine for over 10 years and was FDA approved for wrinkle therapy in 2002. Dysport was FDA approved in 2009. Within just a few days (and sometimes even right away) after getting the treatment, you will develop a younger, more relaxed appearance. BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport treatments elicit comments from friends and coworkers like “Wow, you look great, been on vacation?” and “Get a good night’s sleep last night?” They will recognize a change, but won’t understand why!
How does it work?
The wrinkles in these areas are actually creases that are created or worn into the skin by muscle contractions that make the same expressions repeatedly. The product is injected in minute amounts into the area, which causes specific muscles to stop moving. There is no numbness in the area of injection because it does not affect your sensory nerves.
What is the difference between BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport?
What concerns do patients have about BOTOX® Cosmetic injections?
Another concern for most men is that BOTOX® Cosmetic is a procedure for women and women only. However, men get wrinkles too! Those that get BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport treatments are just as happy as women are to have a younger, more refreshed look when facing friends and coworkers.
How long do the results of the treatment last, and how can I make it last longer?
Does the injection hurt?
What happens after the procedure?
Can BOTOX® Cosmetic injections be done on the same visit as dermal fillers or with laser treatments?
What are the possible side effects and complications of BOTOX® Cosmetic?
We do not perform these injections on patients that are pregnant or breast feeding. Furthermore, we do not inject on patients with certain neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome, all of which would increase the risk of serious side effects.